Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Rajnikanth’s ‘Kochadaiyaan’ explores unchartered territory

He has been one of India’s biggest stars with an extraordinarily prolific and enduring career.
And now superstar Rajnikanth is helping push Indian cinema to new realms with his latest release ‘Kochadaiyaan: The Legend’.
The film will be the first Indian movie to feature Performance Capture technology previously seen in such Hollywood blockbusters as Avatar, Beowulf, and Steven Spielberg’s masterful Tin Tin.
Details of the story are being kept secret for the time being although it is known that Rajnikanth will play an archetypal superhero in an epic story of good versus evil; a rather staid Indian narrative that will no doubt be lifted by the outstanding talent involved with the film.
Aside from Rajnikanth, Kochadaiyaan stars Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone and veteran actor Jackie Shroff.
The score will be composed by Oscar-winner A R Rahman whilst the performance capture technology is reportedly being handled by a team of experts at the venerable Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire where the entire film will be made.
The film has been written by veteran South Indian actor, producer and screenwriter K S Ravikumar and will be directed by Soundarya Ashwin, the youngest daughter of Rajnikanth, and one of India’s most dynamic young filmmakers.
Kochadaiyaan: The Legend will be released this November.
-    Poonam Joshi

BA to screen British-Lankan screeenwriter’s film in the run up to 2012

British Sri Lankan writer and filmmaker Prasanna Puwanarajah unveiled his latest project this morning, a short film celebrating the Olympic Games that will be screened on British Airways flights over the coming months.
The 9-film, titled ‘BOY’, tells the story of a carpenter, who maintains the track at the Velodrome in the London Olympic Park, who is forced to contend with the loss of his cyclist son as the Games approach.
According to British Airways, the film be seen by as many as six million passengers on BA flights in the run up to the opening ceremony whilst the film will also be screened at the pre-opening of the Olympics this summer.
Puwanarajah - an Oxford medical graduate turned filmmaker and one of Britain’s best young film talents - created the film as part of the BA Great Britons mentor program; an initiative that looks to nurture the next generation of young British talent in the fields of food, art and film. 
Actor Richard E Grant acted as Puwanarajah’s mentor and describes the film as a “bold and moving story of a journey through loss, grief and triumph.” As part of BA Great Britons, Grant spend the past year mentoring Puwanarajah.
- Staff Reporter. (Editing by Vijitha Alles)

Golden Kela Awards honour Imran, Deepika, ‘Aarakshan’

Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone have won the Worst Actor and Worst Actress respectively at the annual Golden Khela Awards held in Mumbai on Sunday.
Modelled on Hollywood’s Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, the Golden Kela’s recognizes the worst in Bollywood cinema.
It is a not insignificant blow to the perennially charming and normally talented young Khan who won the award for ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ whilst the perennially wooden Padukone won for her performance in ‘Aarakshan’.
Shah Rukh Khan’s cataclysmically dreadful Ra.One won two trophies; for Worst Film and Worst Director for Anubhav Sinha.
The award for the Most Atrocious Lyric went to Amitabh Bhattacharyya for "Pyar do pyar lo ("Thank You"), "Jigar ka tukda" ("Ladies vs Ricky Bahl"), and "Mutton" song ("Luv Ka The End").
"Teri meri" from "Bodyguard" was named Most Irritating Song.
Another multi-award winner on the night was the newly mononymous Prateik (why?) who was crowned Worst Supporting Actor award for ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ and ‘Aarakshan’.
A special Platinum Kela award was however given to filmmaker Kanti Shah for excellence in cinema.
"I'm feeling good at being invited at the event. It's special because its been organised by true fans of my style of movie-making. I have been to other award shows as well, but this definitely is special being solely driven by fans of my movies," said Shah, on receiving the award.
Actor Pankaj Kapoor's maiden directorial venture "Mausam" received the night’s special ‘Bawra Ho Gaya Ke’ (Have you gone completely bonkers?) award while in other acting categories Chirag Paswan won the Worst Debutante award for ‘Miley Na Miley Hum’ and Esha Deol won the award for Worst Attempt at a Comeback for the appropriately titled ‘Tell Me O Kkhuda’.
The Lajja award for worst treatment of a serious issue went to "Aarakshan".
Some 700,000 fans voted to choose the winners in each of the categories at this year’s event.
-    Staff Reporter.  Edited by Vijitha Alles.